What is MoCA?

MoCA (pronounced "mocha," like the chocolate coffee drink!) networking is a great option if you don't have easy access to a wired Ethernet cable.

MoCA, which stands for “Multimedia over Coax” delivers the same high-speed network connection you get through an Ethernet cable, and delivers it through your existing coaxial cable (the wire you use to receive cable TV) to any room in your home.

When you set up a MoCA adapter in your home, your TiVo DVR will receive cable TV and connect to your home network through your existing coax cable!

 

Why MoCA?

When you stream shows between two or more TiVo devices (Whole Home Streaming),you need a fast network connection. Otherwise, your shows might pause or skip while streaming, or they might not stream at all.

The same is true if you want to stream or transfer shows to your mobile devices using the TiVo Roamio™ Plus/Pro or the TiVo® Stream. These devices let you stream shows recorded on TiVo Roamio or your Premiere series DVR to your mobile iOS devices when you’re at home, or transfer shows to your devices to take with you.

The only way to ensure a fast enough network connection for streaming is to use a wired Ethernet or MoCA connection. Many people don’t have a wired Ethernet connection available to the DVR, so MoCA is a great alternative.

Note: Wi-Fi and Powerline (also called HomePlug®) networking are not sufficient for streaming shows reliably.
MoCA, on the other hand, provides 170 Mbit/s Net TCP throughput!

How do I install MoCA in my home?

For detailed instructions, visit Connect your TiVo® box to your home network.

 

How can I secure my MoCA network and improve its performance?

Poe Filter

Because MoCA connects your home network to your coax cable, it is possible for the MoCA signal to carry your network signal out of your home. That means that if a close neighbor has a MoCA adapter of their own, it might be possible for them to connect to your home network. While this isn’t very likely, the way to avoid it completely is to install a Point-of-Entry (POE) filter where the coax cable enters your home. Installing a POE filter also prevents signal conflicts with other MoCA networks and improves your MoCA network’s performance. A POE filter is easy to install and can be found on TiVo store. Find out how to install your POE filter here: Instructions for installing a POE filter (PDF).

Can some of my DVRs connect via MoCA, and others via Ethernet?

Yes. With MoCA enabled in your home, both Ethernet and MoCA devices can access your home network.

Can I use MoCA to connect my older TiVo (Series3 or Series2) to my MoCA network?

Yes, but it’s probably not necessary. Older TiVo DVRs (Series3 and Series2) don’t allow you to stream shows from other DVRs or use TiVo Stream, so a wireless or powerline connection is generally good enough to use. However, if you find transferring shows is too slow on your current network, you can upgrade to a MoCA connection. You would just need to use a MoCA Network Adapter to connect each Series3 or Series2 DVR to your MoCA network.

 

 

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